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Ado von Vienne. Breviarium chronicorum ab origine mundi ad sua usque... tempora, id est, ad regnum Ludovici Francoru[m] regis cognomento Simplicis, An. Domini 1353. Basel, (Peter Perna), 1568. Basel, (Peter Perna), 1568. 236 (falsch: 226), (36) SS. Mit Holzschnittdruckermarke am Titel und siebenzlg. figuraler Holzschnittinitiale. Späterer Pergamentband mit Bindebändern. 8vo.

EUR 850,00

Frühe Einzelausgabe der Weltchronik des Ado, im 9. Jh. Erzbischof von Vienne bei Lyon. "[Gehet] von der Schöpfung der Welt bis 874 [..., ist] aber von einer andern Hand bis 879 fortgesetzt worden. Es ist in den ältern Zeiten sehr kurz; die Geschichte der Fränkischen Könige der ersten Linie ist aus den Gestis regis Francorum entlehnet, in den neuern Nachrichten aber wirft man ihm viele Fehler vor" (Jöcher/A.). Erstmals 1522 in Paris separat gedruckt; nach einer weiteren Pariser Ausgabe von 1561 stellt die vorliegende, von Guillaume Morel besorgte die dritte Einzeledition dar. - Sehr sauberes, wohlerhaltenes Exemplar; am Titel Ausscheidestempel der Stadtbibliothek Douai. {BN#18265}
¶ VD 16, A 286. Adams A 153. Jöcher/A. I, 229. Nicht bei BM-STC German.

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The principal Renaissance treatise on mining

Agricola, Georg. Vom Bergkwerck XII. Bücher darinn alle Empter, Instrument,... Gezeug und alles zu diesem Handel gehörig [...]. Basel, Hieronymus Froben & Nikolaus Episcopius, 1557. Basel, Hieronymus Froben & Nikolaus Episcopius, 1557. Folio (225 x 326 mm). (8), 491, (13) pp. With printer's woodcut device on title-page and verso of final leaf, a double-page-sized woodcut plate and numerous large woodcuts in the text (some 70 of which are page-sized). Contemporary limp vellum with fore-edge flap.

EUR 35.000,00

First translation ever of the principal Renaissance treatise on mining, prepared for German readers by Philipp Bech. Significantly rarer than the Latin first edition (PMM 79) published the previous year, as most of the printed sheets ended up being used for the 1580 second German edition. "A book that has earned its place in history as a masterpiece of Renaissance technical writing and technical illustration" (Hoover). "Treats the entire field of mining and metallurgy, including the overlapping subjects of geology and chemistry, but in particular mechanical engineering and machine technology" (cf. Koch). "Of the 292 woodcuts, 269 concern mining, economic geology, surveying instruments, tools and machinery, mine workings, and even salt production from the sea, a glass foundry, etc. They were cut in Basel after designs by Basilius Wefring of Joachimsthal. At least two known masters had a hand in the woodcuts: the draughtsman H. R. Manuel Deutsch from Bern and the woodcutter Z. Specklin from Strasbourg" (Horst). - Light, mostly even browning throughout; some fingerstaining to title with edges somewhat frayed, but well preserved in the unusual and entirely contemporary limp vellum binding with a generous flap protecting the fore-edge. Early 16th century bibliographical note concerning Porta's "De refractione" penned to lower pastedown. Provenance: early handwritten ownership of "Andreas Virizius" on front pastedown. While the "possessor huius libri" calls himself a "conterfecter" (portrait painter), he may be identical with the like-named student of the Flemish humanist Justus Lipsius who flourished in Danzig around 1599, gave private instruction and produced several translations from Latin into German (cf. Jöcher IV, 1645). {BN#49345}
¶ VD 16, A 935. IA 101.560. Hoover 22. Koch 6 & pp. 34ff. Darmstaedter, Agricola 45 & 88. Michaelis-Prescher 22. Horst 771ff. Lipperheide Pd1. Cf. Horblit 2b. Sparrow 4. Dibner 88. PMM 79 (1556 Latin first edition).

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A milestone of science, from the library of the Nuremberg humanist Joachim Camerarius

Agricola, Georg. De re metallica. Basel, J. Froben and N. Episcopius, 1556. Basel, J. Froben and N. Episcopius, 1556. Folio. (10), 538 (but: 502), (74) pp. With 2 (1 folded) woodcut plates and about 280 woodcut illustrations and diagrams in text, partly full-page. Contemporary vellum with ms. title to spine. Edges in blue.

EUR 65.000,00

First edition of "the first systematic treatise on mining and metallurgy, and one of the first technological works of modern times" (PMM), an immaculate copy with outstanding provenance. Dealing with "everything connected with the mining industry and metallurgical processes, including administration, prospecting, the duties of officials and companies, and the manufacture of glass, sulphur and alum" (PMM), Agricola's main work paved the way for further systematic study of the earth and of its rocks, minerals, fossils, refinery and oil. Illustrated with 2 plates (one folding) and more than 280 woodcuts in the text attributed to Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch (1525-72), some very large, showing the different stages of the extraction and transformation of metals. - From the library of the famous German physician and botanist Joachim Camerarius the Younger (1534-98) with his autograph ownership to the title page ("Joachimo Joach[imi] F[ilio] Camerario"; the Morgan Library holds another book from his library with an identical inscription, cf. Accession no. PML 129904) and a very few underlinings and marginalia most likely also in his hand. Unidentified 18th c. engraved bookplate with the motto "simulare nescit" on verso of title. Acquired from the library of Werner Habel, with his stamp, signature and acquisition date (1977) to front pastedown. First and final pages very lightly brownstained in the edges, otherwise clean and crisp throughout. Complete with the two inserted plates following page 100. A very appealing, wide-margined copy in its first binding. {BN#48845}
¶ PMM 79. Adams A 349. Sparrow (Milestones of Science), 4 and pl. 26.

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Interpretation of Dreams

[Ahmet Ibn Sirin]. [Kitab al-Jawami - Italian]. Espositione de gli insomnii... secondo la interpretatione de gli Indi Persi et Egyptii. Tradutte e Greco in Latino per Leone Toschano, et al presente date in Luce. Per il Tricasso Mantuano ad Alessandro Bicharia patricio Pavese. Venice, Giovanni Padoano ad instantia de Marchio Sessa, 1551. Venice, Giovanni Padoano ad instantia de Marchio Sessa, 1551. 8vo. 62, (2) ff. With wodcut printer's device on title page. Contemporary limp vellum with later giltstamped orange spine label and ms. spine title.

EUR 4.500,00

Very rare Italian edition of the "Kitab al-Jawami", an Arabic work on the interpretation of dreams by an "Achmet, son of Seirim" - almost certainly identical with the 8th century Muslim mystic Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Sirin. The work survived in a Greek translation ("Biblion oneirokritikon") prepared in the 12th century. "The author Ahmed served as interpreter of dreams to Caliph Al-Mamun around 820 [...] The mediaeval conflation of medicine with astrology originated with the Arabs. Through the Salernitanian school, which had many Arabic works translated, the notion reached Europe in the 11th century, where it remained predominant as late as the 17th and 18th century [...] In 1577 J. Loewenklau published a Latin translation of the Oneirokritiká of Ahmed, whom he calls Apomasar" (cf. Schöll). - Slight waterstaining and old ink ownerships and annotations to title page. {BN#48447}
¶ BM-STC Italian 338. Edit 16, CNCE 40443 (title misspelt: "insonnii"). OCLC 1002786023. Not in Adams. Cf. GAL I, 66. Schöll, Geschichte der griechischen Literatur III, 487. Graesse, Bibl. mag. et pneum. 97.

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Surgical instruments illustrated

Al-Razi, Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakariyya (Rhazes) / Arcolano, Giovanni (ed.). Omnes, qui proximis seculis scripserunt, medicos longe excellentis... opera [...]. In quibus sunt & commentarii in Razis Arabis nonum Lib. ad regem Almansorem [...]. Basel, Heinrich Petri, 1540. Basel, Heinrich Petri, 1540. Folio (225 x 331 mm). (12), 747, (1) pp. With 2 (repeated) woodcut printer's devices to title page and final page as well as a half-page woodcut of surgical instruments at the end of the preliminaries. Modern blindstamped brown calf on four raised double bands.

EUR 9.500,00

Rare edition of this commentary on the ninth book of the treatise dedicated by ar-Razi (also known as Rhazes; 850-923 or 932) to Almansor, the Prince of Chorosan (with the text). "The manual, known as 'Nonus Almansoris', was popular among mediaeval physicians" (cf. GAL S I, p. 419). The work discusses special pathology but excluding pyrology and was one of the most popular textbooks at medical schools and faculties well into the Middle Ages (cf. Hirsch/H. I, 171). Rhazes is considered the greatest mediaeval physician next to Avicenna; he also conducted alchemical experiments. According to his biographer al-Gildaki, he was blinded for refusing to share his secrets of chemistry. - A woodcut on the final page of the preliminaries depicts ten different surgical instruments, including a tongue depressor, a forceps, and various instruments for cauterization. Several minor waterstains throughout, but generally a fine copy. Provenance: Handwritten ownership of the Jesuit College of Louvain, dated 1637, on the title page. {BN#48706}
¶ VD 16, A 3222. Durling 249. Cf. Garrison/M. 3666.84; Poletti, p. 11; Wellcome I, 383; M. H. Fikri, Treasures from The Arab Scientific Legacy in Europe (Qatar 2009) no. 46, with double-page spread illustration on p. 82f. (1542 Venice edition).

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Satirical poetry by a Medici opponent who fled Florence for France

Alamanni, Luigi. Opere toscane. Venice, heirs of Lucantonio Giunta (colophons: printed by Peter Schoeffer the younger) , 1542. Venice, heirs of Lucantonio Giunta (colophons: printed by Peter Schoeffer the younger) , 1542. 2 volumes bound as 1. 8vo. (16), 431, (1 blank); 295, (7) pp. With 2 title-pages, each with the same woodcut Giunta device (a decorated fleur-de-lis in a wreath with 2 putti), a full-page woodcut showing a larger version of the same device on the last printed page of vol. 2, and about 90 spaces with guide letters left for 3-line manuscript initials (not filled in). Set in an Aldine-style italic (with upright capitals), but the imprint in the first successful italic with sloped capitals, headings (including the titles) in roman capitals. 18th-century gold-tooled mottled calf, sewn on 5 recessed cords, each board with a frame made from a single roll, the spine tooled as a single field (filled with a 7 mm roll of diagonal lines) except for a separate field for the red morocco label, gold-tooled board edges, marbled endpapers (Dutch pattern in red, blue, yellow, green and white), red edges, headbands in green, tan and white, green ribbon marker.

EUR 1.750,00

Third edition of frequently satirical poetry and plays written in (mostly blank) Italian verse by the Florentine statesman, poet and playwright Luigi Alamanni (1495-1556), the two volumes first published in 1532 and 1533. He and his contemporary Giangiorgio Trissino pioneered the use of blank verse in Italian poetry. The French King François I (1494-1547), who promoted Renaissance Italian ideas and fashions in France, had been allied with the Medici in Florence, but when Giulio de' Medici (from 1523 Pope Clement VII) and François I fell out in 1521, Luigi Alamanni, whose family had long supported the Medici, took François's side and plotted against Giulio. As a result Luigi had to flee to France, living part of the time in Lyon and frequenting François's court in Paris. He returned to Florence when the Medici fell in 1527 but fled again when they regained power in 1530. As a result, he wrote most of his works in France, and Sébastien Gryphius first published them in two volumes at Lyon. The second editions followed in Italy in the same years, published by Bernardo Giunta in Florence (volume 1) and Melchior Sessa in Venice (volume 2). Each volume of the present third edition includes a (different) dedication to King François I. The literary content is: volume I: Elegia (in IV libri with X, VII, VIII & V elegies); Egloga I-XIIII; Sonettini; Canzone; Favola di Narcisso; Il diluvio Rom[ano]; Favola di Athlante; Satire I-XII; Luigi Almanni a Bernardo Altoviti S.; Salmi penit[entiali] I-VII. Vol. II: Selve (in III libri with VII, V & V silvan poems); Favola di Phetonte; Argomento di messer' Antonio Bruciolo sopra l'Antigone; Tragedia di Antigone; Hymni I-VIII; Stanze; Sonetti. - With alphabetical indexes of the poems at the beginning of volume 1 and the end of volume 2. - The book was printed for the Giunti heirs by Peter Schoeffer the younger (ca. 1475/80-1547), the son of Gutenberg's assistant, who began printing in Mainz, but printed in Venice in 1541 and 1542. He was an important typographic punchcutter, so that the book shows types often of his own cutting. The italic used for the imprint is especially interesting as the second (and the first successful) italic to use sloped capitals: that used for the main text follows the earlier Aldine italics, with upright capitals. Schoeffer's present italic with sloped capitals, apparently completed in 1537, proved very successful and helped make sloped capitals the norm for italics. - With an early owner's inscription at the foot of the title-page. The first page and last page are very slightly browned and one page has torn at the foot along the gutter fold, but the book is still in very good condition, most leaves fine. With the front board detached, the back hinge worn, a vertical crack down the spine (with a chip at the foot and damage to the headband), and the right half of the spine label lost. 16th-century Italian poetry of both literary and political interest. {BN#49592}
¶ BM-STC Italian 12. Camerini, Annali dei Giunti 465. Edit 16, CNCE 600. Gamba, Serie testi lingua Italiana (1839), 15. USTC 808166. Cf. Adams A 406f, (1532-33 Lyons ed.).

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A medieval celebration of the "valiant woman" - the first and only incunable edition

Albertus Magnus. Liber de muliere forti […]. [Cologne, Heinrich Quentell, 7 May 1499]. [Cologne, Heinrich Quentell, 7 May 1499]. 4to (135 x 193 mm). (160) ff. (signed aa-dd8; a-y8). With colophonic title-page on verso of y4. Bound in 16th or early 17th century gilt-ruled Spanish calf with gilt ornaments at corners and on spine as well as faded armorial or emblem on center of both boards. All edges stained dark blue. A few scored early inscriptions on title-page including of 'Petri Cendra'; front endpaper laid onto pastedown. Some unobtrusive staining to inner margins throughout due to binder's glue; a few leaves with dampstains to lower corners; and a few signatures foxed due to paperstock. A neat, broad-margined copy in an early binding.

EUR 15.000,00

Editio princeps of this apocryphal text celebrating the Medieval ideal of the 'strong' or 'valiant' woman - certainly an unusual theme for an incunable, and an important reflection of idealized female conduct in the early Renaissance. The present copy is found in a well-preserved binding with ownership inscriptions indicating the book's migration to Spain perhaps as early as the late 16th century. - Long attributed to Albertus Magnus, the present work has enjoyed a recent resurgence in interest thanks to modern scholarship focusing on women in medieval Christianity. De Muliere Forti takes as its scriptural starting point verses 10-31 of Proverbs 31, which contain some of the most outspoken praises of women in the Bible: "Strength and beauty are her clothing… She hath opened her mouth to wisdom, and the law of clemency is on her tongue…" etc. In De Muliere Forti, various parts of a woman's body (feet, hands, arms, loins, breast, womb, etc) are treated as symbolic of the virtues of the 'valiant woman'; overall the text "show[s] readers how a male Dominican thought about gender and, in particular, women in the high Middle Ages" (The Valiant Woman, p. iii). On the other hand, an allegorical interpretation refers to the Church herself as the 'Valiant Woman', and "one could say that [the author] radicalizes the tradition by writing an entire theological treatise on ecclesiology on the basis of the Song [of Solomon]. The opening words of the book state simply: Laudes Ecclesiae describit Salomon in figura mulieris fortis, 'Solomon lists the praises of the Church in the figure of a valiant woman,' and the rest of the work gives a theological elaboration of that assumption, interspersed with philosophy and Aristotelian physics (for example on the formation of snow, in connection with verse 21)" (Wolters). - The title-page inscription of 'Petri Cendra' - a distinctly Catalonian surname - is somewhat puzzling, as it is the name of a famous 13th century (d. 1244) Dominican monk resident in Barcelona. The inscription may reflect a reader's authorial attribution - which would be an interesting piece of the historiographical puzzle - or, a later monk may have taken on the same nom de religion as his illustrious predecessor. - We note just two copies in auction records of the last 20 years, the last (2014) making € 12.500. {BN#50024}
¶ Goff A-286. GW 699. ISTC ia00286000. Cf. also Ashley, Benedict M. & Holtz, Dominic M (eds.), The Valiant Woman. De muliere forti: a medieval commentary on Proverbs 31:10-31 (2013); and Wolters, Albert M. The Song of the Valiant Woman (Prov 31:10-31): A Pattern in the History of Interpretation (MA thesis, McMaster University, 1987).

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Alessio Piemontese. De secretis libri sex mira quadam rerum varietate... referti ex italico in latinum sermone e nunc primum translati per Ioannem Iacobum Weckerum, medicum. Basel, [Peter Perna], 1559. Basel, [Peter Perna], 1559. (16), 279, (23) SS., l. w. Bl. Halbpergamentband unter Verwendung einer Antiphonarhandschrift. 8vo.

EUR 2.500,00

Erste lateinische Ausgabe von Alessios "De secretis", hier noch im Umfang von sechs Büchern. Der Verfasser wird meist identifiziert mit dem Alchimisten Girolamo Ruscelli (1520-66). "Das Werk gehört nach Caillet zur 'haute philosophie hermetique'. Es enthält außer alchemistischen auch viele kosmetische Rezepte, ferner solche gegen Pest, Schlangengift, Ungeziefer, wie auch Konfekt, Einmachen von Früchten, Druckerschwärze, Putzmittel, Schlafmittel usw., des weiteren sehr frühe Beispiele zur Syphilis-Therapie und Arsenikverbindungen zur Haarvertilgung" (Horn/Arndt). "Une des premières éditions de ces célébres secrets que l'on considère comme merveilleux. Quelques personnes qui ont fait l'essai de plusieurs affirment que les résultats sont prodigieux" (Caillet). Neben Abschnitten zur Weinherstellung auch solche zu Tinten, Seife, Zahnpasta usw. Perna druckte das Werk ab 1569 auch in deutscher Übersetzung. - Durchgehend etwas fleckig bzw. wasserrandig; einige wenige Marginalien der Zeit; Titel verso und Schluß mit längeren Notizen von zeitgenöss. Hand. Sehr selten; auf Auktionen der letzten Jahrzehnte nicht nachgewiesen. {BN#30052}
¶ VD 16, R 3835. Durling 110. Wellcome 178. Ferchl 455. Ferguson I, 22 (Anm.). Duveen 15 (Anm.). Vgl. Caillet I, 177ff. Rosenthal 754. Graesse (Bib. magica) 50. Simon 33.

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A famous tract against Islam

[Alphonsus de Spina. Fortalicium fidei contra iudeos saracenos aliosque christiane fidei... inimicos]. [Lyon], Guillaume Balsarin, 22. V. 1487. [Lyon], Guillaume Balsarin, 22. V. 1487. Small folio (209 x 291 mm). 248 unnumbered leaves (without the first and last blank, as usual). Gothic type, 2 cols., 51 lines. With a woodcut in the text on fol. a2r and printer's device at the end. A single ink initial on p. a2 supplied by the owner. 18th century full calf with panelled boards and giltstamped spine label. Marbled endpapers. All edges red.

EUR 18.000,00

Rare edition; a single copy in Great Britain. The "Fortalitatium fidei", the principal work (written c. 1458) of the baptized Spanish Jew de Spina, is considered the "methodical and ideological foundation of the Inquisition. The book, divided into five chapters, targets chiefly Jews and Muslims" (cf. LMA I, 408f.). Of the five books, "the first [is] directed against those who deny the Divinity of Christ, the second against heretics, the third against the Jews, and the fourth against Islam and the Muslims, while the fifth book treats of the battle to be waged against the Gates of Hell. In this last book the author dwells at length upon the demons and their hatred of men; the powers they have over men and the diminution of these powers, owing to the victory of Christ on the Cross, the final condition of the demons, etc." (Catholic Encyclopaedia). "Ouvrage fort curieux de ce théologien espagnol [...] il était dit-on d'origine juive, c'est pour cela que son 'Fortalicium' pèut ètre classé dans une bibliothèque kabbalistique" (Caillet). Part 3, on the iniquities of the Jews, is a veritable encyclopaedia of mediaeval antisemitic libel, containing numbered lists of Jewish "cruelties" and refutations of the Jews' supposed anti-Christian arguments. The section on Islam lists the numerous Saracen wars, while the fifth book is devoted to the battle to be waged against the Gates of Hell and its resident demons, whose population the author calculates at over 133 million; this is one of the earliest printed discussions of witchcraft and a precursor to the "Malleus maleficarum", the first edition of which appeared in the same year as this present edition. - Occasional contemporary ink marginalia (some touched by the binder's knife); some slight worming, confined to blank margins. Some even browning and a weak waterstain, but a very good, wide-margined copy with an 18th century noble collection stamp (crowned Gothic letter G; not in Lugt) on the first leaf. {BN#46737}
¶ HC 874*. Goff A-542. GW 1577. Proctor 8575. BMC VIII, 277. Polain 159. Pellechet 564. Coumont (Witchcraft) S84.4. Caillet 10305.

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A famous tract against Islam

Alphonsus de Spina. Fortalitium fidei in universos christiane religionis hostes Judaeorum... et saracenorum [...]. (Lyon, Jean Moylin for) Etienne Gueynard, (11 Oct. 1525). (Lyon, Jean Moylin for) Etienne Gueynard, (11 Oct. 1525). Large 8vo. (8), CCCLXXI, (3) ff. Title printed in red and black with woodcut illustration and numerous woodcut initials and marginal illustrations repeated throughout the volume. Contemporary full calf over wooden boards with blind-tooled ornaments and remains of clasps, rebacked in the 19th century with new spine and marbled endpapers.

EUR 9.500,00

This "Fortress of the Faith, against all the enemies of the Christian religion, restraining the rage of Jews and Muslims", written c. 1458, is the principal work of the baptized Spanish Jew de Spina. It is considered the "methodical and ideological foundation of the Inquisition. The book, divided into five chapters, targets chiefly Jews and Muslims" (cf. LMA I, 408f.). Of the five books, "the first [is] directed against those who deny the Divinity of Christ, the second against heretics, the third against the Jews, and the fourth against Islam and the Muslims, while the fifth book treats of the battle to be waged against the Gates of Hell. In this last book the author dwells at length upon the demons and their hatred of men; the powers they have over men and the diminution of these powers, owing to the victory of Christ on the Cross, the final condition of the demons, etc." (Catholic Encyclopaedia). "Ouvrage fort curieux de ce théologien espagnol [...] il était dit-on d'origine juive, c'est pour cela que son 'Fortalicium' pèut ètre classé dans une bibliothèque kabbalistique" (Caillet). Part 3, on the iniquities of the Jews, is a veritable encyclopaedia of mediaeval antisemitic libel, containing numbered lists of Jewish "cruelties" and refutations of the Jews' supposed anti-Christian arguments. The section on Islam lists the numerous Saracen wars, while the fifth book is devoted to the battle to be waged against the Gates of Hell and its resident demons, whose population the author calculates at over 133 million. - Block loosened in places. Clasps missing; binding rubbed but original blind-tooling of boards remains recognizable, even though partly obscured by the 19th century leather that replaced the spine. A fine post-incunabular edition, the final one to appear, embellished with numerous woodcut illustrations. {BN#48723}
¶ Adams S 1593. BM-STC French 170. Coumont (Witchcraft) S84.7. IA 103.849. Caillet 10306 ("Incunable gothique rare").

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[Amman, Jost/Weigel, Hans. Habitus praecipuorum populorum, tam virorum quam foeminarum singulari... arte depicti. Trachtenbuch darin fast allerley und der furnembsten Nationen die heutigs tags bekandt sein. Nürnberg, Hans Weigel, 1577]. Nürnberg, Hans Weigel, 1577]. 161 (statt 220) Holzschnitttafeln, im frühen 19. Jahrhundert aufgezogen, koloriert und teils auf dem hinterlegten Träger ergänzt. Späterer Halblederband unter Verwendung eines Rückenschildchens des 18. Jahrhunderts. Dreiseitiger gesprenkelter Rotschnitt. Folio (204 x 325 mm).

EUR 14.000,00

Erstausgabe von Jost Ammans enzyklopädischem Trachtenbuch. Wie meist fragmentarisch erhaltenes Exemplar, die Tafeln im frühen 19. Jahrhundert vom Besitzer, dem ausgebildeten Württemberger Landschaftsmaler Jakob Linckh (1786-1841; vgl. Thieme/B. 23, 254), auf Trägerpapier aufgezogen, durchgehend leuchtend handkoloriert und bis in die Bildlegenden kunstgerecht ergänzt. Linckh, der mehrere Studienaufenthalte in Rom verbracht hatte, war 1810 mit Baron Stackelberg nach Griechenland gereist, wo er sich mit Byron anfreundete und - gemeinsam mit Charles Cockerell - von diesem beauftragt wurde, die Illustrationen für Hobhouses Reisewerk anzufertigen. - Es fehlen 59 Kostümtafeln vollständig; die übrigen am Rand knapp beschnitten und zumeist mit erheblichen Ausrissen und Fehlstellen in der unteren Bildhälfte. Obwohl die vorliegende Zusammenstellung wie im Original mit der Darstellung des Kaisers beginnt, folgen die weiteren Holzschnitte keiner erkennbaren Anordnung. 20 Tafeln zeigen Kostüme aus der Türkei, Arabien, Persien, Ägypten und Äthiopien; außerdem zu sehen sind Griechen, Russen und Engländer. Allein 28 Tafeln sind dem heutigen Italien gewidmet; neben Frankreich und Spanien, Böhmen und Ungarn sind vor allem die deutschen Städte vertreten. Vorhanden ist außerdem die berühmte Darstellung der brasilianischen Tupinamba-Indianer: ein Mann mit Federkrone und -Gürtel, Kurzschwert sowie Pfeil und Bogen, neben ihm eine langhaarige Frau mit Kleinkind im Tragetuch. Der Holzschnitt ist eine Abwandlung nach Darstellungen in Francois Descerpzs "Recueil de la diversité des habits" (Paris, 1562; Antwerpen, 1572) und gilt als "one of the first likenesses of the Brazilian Indian" (Borba de Moraes). - Jakob Linckhs eigenh. Besitzvermerk (dat. 1825) am Titel; etwas späterer Besitzstempel "Anton Franzin" am Vorsatzblatt (möglicherweise identisch mit dem gleichnamigen Tiroler Gerichtsbeamten, um 1840). {BN#28741}
¶ VD 16, W 1487 (Ex. der BSB incpl.). Lipperheide 7-8 (beide incpl.). Andresen I, 234. Becker 140. Borba de Moraes II, 373f. Maggs, Bibl. Americana 1-214 ("This book is excessively rare in a complete state").

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Aus dem Besitz des Miniaturmalers Johann Spiegler, Titel koloriert

Apian, Petrus. Inscriptiones sacrosanctae vetustatis non illae quidem Romanae, sed... totius fere orbis summo studio ac maximis impensis Terra Marique conquistae feliciter incipiunt. Ingolstadt, P. Apianus, 1534. Ingolstadt, P. Apianus, 1534. (40), DXII, (8) SS. Rot-schwarz gedruckter Titel mit großem, um 1730 koloriertem Emblemholzschnitt nach Albrecht Dürer; am letzten Bl. verso Holzschnittdruckermarke. Mit koloriertem Holzschnittwappen des Raimund Fugger, 7 großen Holzschnittinitialen mit astronomischen und mathematischen Motiven, und 184 Holzschnittillustrationen; Text praktisch durchgehend von wechselnden vierteiligen Holzschnittbordüren eingefaßt. Pergamentband der Zeit mit hs. Rückentitel auf 3 durchzogenen Bünden. Folio (210:294 mm).

EUR 9.500,00

Einzige Ausgabe. - Das auf Kosten des Bankiers Raimund Fugger herausgegebene Werk versammelt antike Inschriften und Statuen aus ganz Europa, letztere aus Fuggers eigener Sammlung. Der Text beruht auf älteren Studien von Peutinger, Pirckheimer und anderen. Außerordentlich schön ausgestattete Produktion aus der Privatpresse des als Mathematiker und Geographen bekannten Petrus Apianus (1495-1552); "ein wirklich bedeutendes Zeugnis aus Apians Schaffen auf nicht-mathematischem Gebiet" (Günther). Der Titelholzschnitt von Hans Brosamer (nach Dürer) sowie der Fugger'sche Wappenholzschnitt von M. Ostendorfer hier in prächtigem, goldgehöhtem Originalkolorit, zweifellos ein Werk des am Titel unter dem Impressum signierenden Vorbesitzers Johann Spiegler ("Annumeror libris Joannis Spiegleri Juliomagensis"), der als während der ersten Hälfte des 18. Jahrhunderts wirkender Konstanzer Miniaturmaler bekannt ist (vgl. Brun, SKL III, 1913) und in der Forschung zum Teil mit dem Konstanzer Maler Franz Joseph (Johann) Spiegler (1691-1757; vgl. Thieme/Becker XXXI, 370f.) gleichgesetzt wird. - Gegen Ende kl. Feuchtigkeitsspuren im Bug mit kl. Einrissen; gelegentliche Papierverluste alt hinterlegt; die bis weit in den Rand hinein bedruckte Seite tt1r mit Verlust des letzten Zeichens der rechten Spalte. Außergewöhnlich ansprechendes Exemplar, zuletzt in der Sammlung des Marylander Pharmainvestors Charles W. Newhall. {BN#27149}
¶ VD 16, A 3086. IA 106.422. Adams A 1291. BM-STC German 37. Stalla 85. Brunet I, 342. Van Ortroy 109. Günther (Apian) 20f. (ausf.).

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Apollonios von Rhodos. Argonauticorum libri quatuor, nunc primum latinitate donati, atque... in lucem editi. Ioanne Hartungo interprete. Acceßit locuples rerum & verborum memorabilium index. Basel, (Johannes Oporinus, Februar 1550). Basel, (Johannes Oporinus, Februar 1550). (32), 226, (28) SS., l. w. Bl. Mit 2 figuralen Initialen in Holzschnitt. Pergamentband der Zeit mit goldgepr. Rückenschildchen. Dreiseitiger gesprenkelter Rotschnitt. 8vo.

EUR 1.400,00

Erste lateinische Ausgabe; die einzige lateinische Versübertragung des 16. Jhs. Das bedeutendste, einzig vollständig überlieferte Epos des alexandrinischen Hellenismus in der Nachfolge Homers war von großen Einfluß, auch auf Vergil. - Der Philologe J. Hartung (1505-79), der sein Studium der Theologie, Philosophie und Jurisprudenz in Heidelberg aus finanziellen Gründen wiederholt unterbrechen und sich als Lehrer, Begleiter des Grafen von Falkenstein und Soldat in Ungarn verdingen mußte, erhielt 1537 eine Gräzistikprofessur in Heidelberg. 1546 folgte er "einem Ruf als Professor der griechischen und hebräischen Sprache an die Universität Freiburg/Br., wo er zeitweise auch Poesie lehrte" (DBE). - Hartungs Widmung richtet sich an den Freiburger Juristen Johann Venator: Hartung habe "beim Übersetzen oft an den Nägeln kauen, sich den Kopf kratzen müssen, bis er verderbte Stellen wiederhergestellt, Dunkles verstanden habe. Er möge das Werk dafür umso mehr schätzen; zudem habe er diesen Dichter schon lange geliebt und beherrsche die griechische Sprache so gut, dass er sie schon öffentlich mit grossem Erfolg gelehrt habe. Was wenige Vertreter seines Faches vermöchten" (Hieronymus). Mit Widmungsgedichten von Joachim Mynsinger, Jacob Micyllus und Balthasar Acanthius; auf diese folgen "griechische Textverbesserungen gegenüber der Aldina und der Frankfurter Ausgabe mit lateinischen und zum Teil - ganz ungewöhnlich - deutschen (in Fraktur!) Erklärungen" (Hieronymus). - Durchgehend etwas (teils stärker) gebräunt. Kl. Stempel der Bibliothek Bonclerici am Titel. {BN#6791}
¶ VD 16, A 3132. IA 106.503. Hoffmann I, 215. Schweiger I, 38. Hieronymus, Griechischer Geist 188. Nicht bei Adams oder BM-STC German. Nicht bei Dibdin oder Moss.

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Aretino, Pietro. Quattro comedie [...] Cio' è Il Marescaléo, La... Cortegiana, La Talanta, l'Hipocrito. Novellamente ritornate, per mezzo della stampa, a luce, a richiesta de conoscitori del lor valore. [London, John Wolfe], 1588. [London, John Wolfe], 1588. Small 8vo. 4 parts in one volume. VIII, 285, (3) ff. With medallion portrait (legend: "D. Petrus Aretinus Flagellum Principum") on title (repeated three times). 19th c. calf (slightly worn).

EUR 1.500,00

Pirated edition of Aretino's "comedie" (the first appeared in Venice in 1553) printed by one of the most rebellious and outspoken of all the Elizabethan printers. Wolfe's production was in all probability chiefly destined for the European continent, as all of Aretino's works had been on the Roman Index since 1558; copies were offered for sale at the Frankfurt Book Fair of 1589. Aretino's comedies are considered the best of his works. They rank among the great works of Renaissance drama, and many of their leading characters were prototypes for later playwrights. ‘La Talanta’, for example, prepared the way for Shakespeare’s character Falstaff. "[U]n frontespizo particolare ad ogni comedia [...] ha al fine una Lettera dell'Aretino a Daniele Barbaro" (Gamba). - One gathering misbound, but a nice complete copy. {BN#14571}
¶ Edit 16, CNCE 2486. Index Aureliensis 107.120. BM-STC Italian 517. Adams A 1562. Gamba 1204 note. Brunet I, 408. Pforzheimer 800. Woodfield, Surreptious Printing in England 43.

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Arnoldus de Villanova, [Pseudo-] (Hg.). [Regimen sanitatis Salernitanum.] Regimen Sanitatis cu[m] expositione magistri... Arnaldi de Villa nova Cathellano Noviter Impressus. Venedig, Bernardinus Venetus de Vitalibus, [nach 1500/1505]. Venedig, Bernardinus Venetus de Vitalibus, [nach 1500/1505]. (82) Bll. (A-T4, V6). 29 Zln., Text teilweise von Kommentar umgeben. Späterer Halbpergamentband. 4to.

EUR 6.500,00

Lateinische Ausgabe des berühmten medizinischen Handbuchs, zusammengetragen in Salerno im 12. Jahrhundert, das bereits in der Inkunabelzeit zahlreiche Auflagen erlebte. Das medizinische Lehrgedicht und der begleitende Kommentar, häufig dem in Montpellier lehrenden Alchimisten des 13. Jahrhunderts Arnoldus de Villanova zugeschrieben (vgl. E. Wickersheimer, in: Comptes rendus du XIIIe Congrès international d'histoire de la médecine, 1954, S. 226-234 [Aquilon 570]), vermochte seinen außerordentlichen Einfluß in Westeuropa bis ins 19. Jahrhundert zu bewahren. - Lage Q in sich verbunden. Teils etwas braun- bzw. fingerfleckig; im Rand auch gelegentlich gering knittrig. Einige alte hs. Anstreichungen und Marginalien; am Titel späterer hs. Zusatz: "Arnoldinus in Scholam Salernitanam". Sehr selten, nur ein Nachweis in ABPC (Swann, 24. Januar 1980, lot 1792). {BN#30234}
¶ CR 5053. Goff R-77. GW M37397. BSB-Ink R-50. Klebs 830.12. Sander 6391. Pellechet 1289. BMC V, 598. Edit 16, CNCE 60481. Vgl. Essling 609f.

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Astesanus de Ast. Canones poenitentiales. [Nürnberg, Peter Wagner, ca. 1495]. [Nürnberg, Peter Wagner, ca. 1495]. Got. Type, 33 Zeilen. 8 nicht numerierte Bll. Mod. marmorierter Halblederband mit goldgeprägtem Rückentitel. 4to.

EUR 3.500,00

Wohl die erste Einzelausgabe der 'Canones' aus der 'Summa de casibus conscientiae', dem Hauptwerk des Astesanus de Ast. Der GW kennt noch eine ebenfalls undatierte Leipziger Ausgabe sowie die im Folgejahr in Wien erschienene Edition. Eine Besonderheit des vorliegenden Drucks ist Peter Wagners gleichzeitige Verwendung von in Holz geschnittener Titelzeile und Typendruck am ersten Blatt, "an experiment not found elsewhere" (BMC). - Spuren eines kl. getilgten Stempels am Titel, sonst sehr schönes und frisches Exemplar in einem ansprechenden Einband. {BN#17343}
¶ GW 2747. Goff A 1158. HC 4340. BMC II, 465. ISTC ia01158000.

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Augusta, David de. De exterioris et interioris hominis compositione Lib. II-III... (De profectu religiosorum). Paris, [André Bocard, ca. 1494-1496]. Paris, [André Bocard, ca. 1494-1496]. Chancery octavo (100 x 144 mm). 124 ff. Opening initial in blue and red, woodcut device on final page touched with red and gold, rubricated throughout in yellow. Modern half vellum with hand-lettered title to spine.

EUR 8.500,00

Rare and early edition of a popular guide to religious conduct for young novices and friars, long ascribed to St. Bonaventure, though the authorship of the Franciscan monk David of Augsburg (d. 1272), also active in Regensburg, is today universally accepted. Written in the 1240s, it was instrumental to the spread of Franciscan religious ideas through Europe. ISTC lists eight copies, including the destroyed copy at Leuven University; no copies in Britain or the USA. No copies of this edition in auction records. - Gently washed; a short repaired tear in first leaf. A fine specimen. {BN#49566}
¶ Reichling III, 4880 (not Copinger). GW 8166. Pellechet 2639. CIBN D-53. Richard 188. Polain (B) 794. IBE 2022. Hubay (Ottobeuren) 139. ISTC id00102470. Not in Goff.

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Aurelius, Aneus Robertus. Rerum iudicatarum libri IIII. Paris, Iametio Mettayer & Pierre L'Huillier, 1597. Paris, Iametio Mettayer & Pierre L'Huillier, 1597. 6 nn., 204, 130 Bll. Mit Holzschnittdruckermarke am Titel sowie zahlr. figuralen und floralen Initialen und Vignetten in Holzschnitt. Französischer Lederband des 17. Jh mit goldgepr. Deckelfileten, Rückentitel und -vergoldung. Dreiseitig gesprenkelter Schnitt. Gr.-4to.

EUR 540,00

Zweite, erweiterte Ausgabe der bedeutenden Abhandlung, erstmals 1595 erschienen. Der große Traktat über das Erbrecht behandelt Schenkungen, Stiftungen, Testamente, die soziale Bewertung des Reichtums etc. - Zahlreiche Stellen in griechischer Type. Exlibris des Juristen Saignard-Sasselanger am Spiegel, hs. Besitzvermerk "Ex libris petri fédon" (d. i. der Theologe Pierre Fédon, 1731-1799) am Vorsatz. Schönes Exemplar. {BN#1669}
¶ Vgl. BM-STC French 36 (nur Ausg. v. 1599).

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A commentary on Ibn Sina

[Avicenna (Ibn Sina)] / Oddis, Oddus de. In primam totam Fen primi libri canonis Avicenn[a]e... dilucidissima & expectatissima expositio. Nunc primum in lucem edita, illustrata, & completa aßiduo labore, & longo studio Marci Oddi Medici eiusdem filij. Venice, Paolo and Antonio Meietti, 1575. Venice, Paolo and Antonio Meietti, 1575. 4to. With woodcut device on title-page. Contemporary limp vellum.

EUR 7.500,00

Rare first and only edition of a commentary on book I, fen I of Avicenna's Canon, including the Latin version of the text by Andrea Alpago and Jacob Mantino. Like most of Oddi's work it was published posthumously by his son Marco degli Oddi. "Although in the body of his work much of the time he treated Avicenna with nominal respect, this was apt to be achieved through a procedure of deducing Avicenna's 'real' opinion by consulting Galen. In addition, Oddo Oddi had a long-standing interest in the problem of securing a better Latin text of the Canon (he was on the academic committee that approved Alpago's work and he encouraged Graziolo many years later); he based his exposition on Alpago's text, which he claimed to be in general use, and rather frequently compared the latter's renderings with those of Gerard of Cremona and Jakob Mantino." (Siraisi). Before practicing Medicine in Venice, Oddo degli Oddi (1478-1558) taught classics (Greek and Latin) at the University of Padua. Eventually he went back to Padua, where he taught Medicine. He was a committed supporter of Galen's doctrines. - With owner's inscription on fly-leaf dated 1586, two owner's names on title-page (one struck trough) and some manuscript notes in the margins. Binding slightly wrinkled, but internally in very good condition. {BN#49631}
¶ Arcadian library 15358. Durling 3388. Edit 16, 30889. USTC 845237 (4 copies outside Italy). Cf. N. G. Siraisi, Avicenna in Renaissance Italy: The Canon and medical teaching in Italian universities after 1500 (1987), p. 193.

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Avicenna on fevers

[Avicenna (Ibn Sina)]. Arcolani, Giovanni. De febribus [...] in Avic[ennae] quarti canonis fen... primam. Dilucida atque optima expositio [...]. Venice, heirs of Lucantonio Giunta, 1560. Venice, heirs of Lucantonio Giunta, 1560. Folio (240 x 354 mm). (18), 191 ff. (without final blank). Printer's device on title page and, in a different version, on the last page. Contemporary cardboard binding with marbled spine and ms. label. Stored in custom-made cloth-and-paper slipcase.

EUR 18.000,00

First issue under this title, previously released as "Expositio in primam fen quarti canonis Avicennae" (1506). A commentary (with the text, in the version of Gerardus Cremonensis) of book four, part (fen) one of Avicenna's systematic "Canon of Medicine", written in Arabic but widely translated throughout the Middle Ages and the basis of medical training in the West as late as the mid-17th century. It continues in use to this day in parts of the Arab world. Through this encyclopedic work, the author exerted "perhaps a wider influence in the eastern and western hemispheres than any other Islamic thinker" (PMM). "The 'Qanun' [...] contains some of the most illuminating thoughts pertaining to distinction of mediastinitis from pleurisy; contagious nature of phthisis; distribution of diseases by water and soil; careful description of skin troubles; of sexual diseases and perversions; of nervous ailments" (Sarton, Introduction to the History of Science). The present part is dedicated to a discussion of feverish illnesses. - 18th century ownership "Manhem" on title page. Some brownstaining throughout, as common; some waterstains near end; occasional inkstains and marginal annotations. An untrimmed, comparatively wide-margined copy. {BN#46144}
¶ Edit 16, CNCE 2345. Adams A 1541. Durling 245. Cf. Wellcome I, 387 (only the Venice reprint). PMM 11.

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